ABSTRACT

Introduction Innovation is a series of activities aimed at improving the efficiency of resource allocation (Schumpeter, 1934). Extensive research has been conducted about the proposition that it has an important role in the tremendous progress of social development. Business is the domain area of application (Klomp, 2004; Hambrecht, 2008). When speaking on the subject of innovation, society tends to pay more attention to business innovation that has been conducted by the elite who are rich in resources, but few care about the innovation made by common people. In the field of rural development, farmer innovation is such a neglected area and is usually viewed as a product of rich groups, having nothing to do with the petty farmers and resource-poor households. It has never drawn headlines in newspapers (Egziabher, 2001).